Author: Ian Kerr MBE Posted: 21 Nov 2014
Now in its eleventh year of publication, this seasons MotoGP roundup is already out just two weeks after the end of one of the best seasons to date that saw the ‘Doctor’ re-emerge as a credible threat to the top step on the podium.
As with previous volumes it is written by renowned motorsports journalist and broadcaster Julian Ryder, with a little help from his friends like Mat Oxley, technical expert Neil Spalding and liberally illustrated with stunning images from top photographer Andrew Northcott.
Although published by Evro Publishing it is done so in association with MotoGP rights holder Dorna SL and the forward comes from Carmelo Ezpeleta the CEO. So, as one would expect from an officially licensed book it gets behind the scenes and gives an in-depth analysis to the season which saw Marc Marquez defend his world championship and continue to rack-up even more records along the way to ensure his place in the history books.
As usual the hardback publication is printed on high quality paper and is a quality tome including race-by-race reports and detailed statistics from all 18 races of the season, as well as an in-depth technical review of the 2014 machinery by Spalding. Eight pages are devoted to each round and with the text and charts and graphics there is little you will not know about each race and how the season unfolded by the end of the book.
It was of course a season that saw riders having to change their riding style to deal with some of the technical changes to the bikes, tyres, as well of course Marquez. Despite his new records relating to the number of pole positions and wins, the season proved that the Spaniard was not invincible. But, for many the main interest was watching a 35-year-old Rossi re-live past glory’s and justify the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) tag he was given by Colin Edwards who retired this season.
But, not all the 208 pages and the 250 colour images are dedicated to the premier class as there are chapters on Moto2 and Moto 3 along with information on Riders for Health, the official MotoGP charity.
Ryder’s writing style is as interesting as his commentary and he manages to convey masses of information in a succinct manner without being boring. The information is well laid out and easy to find making it a useful reference work as well as a good read that can be dipped in and out of. You might not end up as knowledgeable as Ryder at the end, but you are guaranteed to have enough information to win any quiz night!
It is great value for all racing fans and the latest in a series of books that are building into an authoritative history of arguably some of the most exciting times in racing at the highest level. As with any licensed product it carries a premium price tag at £30.00 but it is well worth every penny for any serious race fan.
ISBN 978 0 9928209 8 5
Available from all good bookshops or direct from www.evropublishing.com
***Julian Ryder will be signing copies at Motorcycle Live, NEC, Birmingham on Thursday 27 November, at 2.30pm - Oxprod Stand (near the main stage)***